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Moving a used Komodo Kamado

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Figured I would post a general moving procedure for anyone contemplating buying a used KK. You can always call Dennis or go to the KK forum  to get a few more details. 

 

Ceramic Kamados are moved without the original packing materials/crate all the time. Anyone who bought a KJ demo deal did just that. They are moved in the back of a car, back of a pickup truck or on a trailer. Most used ceramic Kamados are sold local pickup only and are not crated in any way. KK's are primarily built out of refractory cement which is considerably stronger  than a ceramic Kamado. KK's and ceramic Kamados are not a fragile tea cup that's going to break if you look at it sideways. You just have to take some precautions to safely move it. 

 

With that said onto moving an uncrated KK. 

 

Never attempt to lift a KK by the dome handle. You will screw up the latch at the very least. Yes I have fixed a KK after this very thing happened. 

 

Never remove a KK firebox. They fit snug into the base and after a few cooks it is recommended to never attempt to remove the firebox. 

 

The dome can easily be removed to eliminate some weight. It takes less than 10 minutes and the tools to do so are located in the spare parts kit. If you do this you must be careful how you lift and set down the dome so you don't loosen any tiles on the domes bottom edge. Straight up, straight down, never slide it. 

 

Start by removing everything from the inside of the KK (grates deflector etc...) but don't forget - not the firebox. 

 

Remove the dome if you choose to do so. See warning above. 

 

The 16" and 19" table top models have handles on the two sides. These handles are used to move these models. 2 resonably stout adults (one on each side) can move these but make sure you eat a big bowl of Wheaties that morning because even the 16" is really heavy for 2 people. 

 

If I'm not mistaken the new 22" table top model does not come with side handles. Instead a special moving strap is supplied and hopefully the original owner still has that. 

 

The new 42" is a very special situation and Dennis should be consulted if one of these ever became available used. 

 

Onto the floor standing models between 19"-32". You will need 4 resonably stout adults (don't forget your Wheaties), two 2x4's, and two pieces of hefty rope about 12'-15' each. You tie each end of the rope to one of the KK's feet forming a loop that comes up a little higher than the hinge line. (Dennis supplies these ropes if the original purchaser still has them) Once the ropes are tied you can slip the two 2x4's between the loops. With an adult on each end of the 2x4's you can lift the KK up and onto a trailer. A pickup truck would be doable although a bit harder due to the pickup bed height. Once on the trailer use multiple straps and moving blankets (to protect the tiles) and carefully strap it down. Time for the most nerve wracking drive home with your new toy. 

 

To roll a KK across soft terrain (grass etc...) you can leap frog 2 pieces of plywood for the casters to roll on. 

 

Well that's the basic procedure. Sounds more complicated then it is. If you ever come across a deal on a used local KK don't hesitate to purchase it because of the move. With care the move should  go just fine although the pucker factor is really high when moving a KK - LOL 

 

 

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   Ckreef, yes the pucker factor is a major consideration. I just moved a used 23" Ultimate recently, I followed the procedure 

that you laid out- except I rented a U-Haul enclosed trailer. The trailer was a single axle with a low load height which allowed me to 

use a makeshift ramp to roll the Komodo into the trailer. The reason I went with the enclosed trailer is that it gave me a convenient 

tie down height to secure the unit high enough around the body of the Komodo where most of the weight is.

   Also don't forget a good selection of moving blankets to protect the tiles.

Thanks for posting about this subject Ckreef, while it appears to be just common sense it is nice to have the info in one place.

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@Cornflakes n beer glad to hear your move went well. Good call on the low profile enclosed trailer. Going to add the moving  blanket thought to the original post. TY 

 

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On 7/16/2017 at 9:39 AM, ckreef said:

@Cornflakes n beer glad to hear your move went well. Good call on the low profile enclosed trailer. Going to add the moving  blanket thought to the original post. TY 

 

I disagree. The move didn't go all that well at all. Would have been much better had that 23 ultimate had landed in my back yard. But ok, at least it landed in one piece. CK, please advise future KK movers that to be completely successful the KK needs to land in MY backyard. Especially the blue ones.

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Prowe, there is a very simple way to guarantee that a blue KK lands in your back yard, and it's not dependent on what anyone else does....

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I dig it. However I'm at the moment quite content with my set up. However if CK wants somebody to validate his hypothesis I am open to assisting as a neutral observer. 

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57 minutes ago, Cornflakes n beer said:

  The move went well for me - a bluejeans blue 23 Ultimate landed in my backyard.

: )

The only outcome that would have been better would be if it it was in my backyard. So glad to hear you scored. Enjoy that bad Larry. BTW if you don't post some pix I'm coming for it.

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Just now, 5698k said:

I AM John Snow. 

I seen you say that a few times now. I have no clue...is your real name john snow? I'm old , or so they say, so be bear with me.

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2 minutes ago, 5698k said:

I AM John Snow. 

 

Just now, prowe said:

I seen you say that a few times now. I have no clue...is your real name john snow? I'm old , or so they say, so be bear with me.

 

I'm old too - who is John Snow? 

 

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Just now, prowe said:

If it would make you feel better "5698k knows ALL".

 

Now you're making me feel inadequate - LOL 

 

Still not changing my signature line........... 

 

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